Tiv/Jukun Clashes: Benue, Taraba set up Peace C’tee as SEMA gives relief Materials


Nigerian Concord Newspaper

As part of the process of restoring peace to the violence-ravaged Tiv/Jukun communities of Taraba State and the adjoining Benue communities, the Benue and Taraba State governments have inaugurated the 10-man Peace Committee set up at the Joint Security Council meeting of the two states held on Monday, 15th April 2019, with a charge to them to do all that is necessary to bring the persistent inter-communal clashes to an end.

Benue State acting governor, Engr Benson Abounu, who inaugurated the committee alongside the Taraba State deputy governor, Engr Haruna Manu at the Federal University, Wukari, tasked the members to be fair-minded in carrying out their assignment of unearthing the remote and immediate causes of the lingering crisis as well as proffering short and long-term solutions to it.

Abounu charged the members to ensure that no effort is spared to ensure that lasting peace returns to the area.

Earlier, the host, Engr Manu, had stressed the need for the committee to get to work, and engage the communities; particularly the youths in the peacemaking process, adding that without the active engagement of the youths and the community leaders, peace cannot be achieved.

The Committee which has 10 point terms of reference is to tour all the affected areas to sensitise the people, especially the youth on the need for peaceful co-existence, as well as assess and determine the level of destruction and report same to the two state governors for appropriate action.

The Committee is chaired by two alternate chairmen, one from each state; Hon. Dan Abagu, from Benue and Hon. Samuel T. Adda from Taraba State.
Other members of the committee from Benue State are Hon. Abo Uta, Dr Jem Tor Anyiin, Hon. Daniel Denen Vanger, and Hon. Charles Torbunde, while those from Taraba State are Barr Danjuma A. Adamu, Manu Danladi Boshe, Hon. Tanko Adi Hikon and Mairiga Gani Agabi.

Responding on behalf of other members, Hon. Abagu and Hon. Adda in separate speeches promised not to fail the people but to do all that is humanly possible to bring lasting peace to their communities.

Meanwhile, Benue State Government through the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, has given relief materials to IDPs of Jukun -Tiv crises
in Jootar, Ukum Local Government.

The Executive Secretatary, Emmanuel Shior, while addressing the victims and stakeholders said that the Government of Benue State was touched and shared the pains and untold hardship of the victims and sympathized with those who lost loved ones and properties.

He said his agency’s prompt intervention of food items to the IPDs was based on Governor Samuel Ortom’s commitment to the welfare of the victims of both man-made and natural disaster.

While handing over the relief materials to the IDPs, Ukum Council Chairman, and other stakeholders, Mr. Shior said that Governor Ortom was doing everything possble to bring back peace in the area.

Receiving the relief items on behalf of the IDPs, the Executive Chairman Ukum Local Government Hon. Ibellogo Tortyokaa thanked Governor Samuel Ortom for coming to the aid of his people. He assured the Executive Secretary, SEMA, Emmanuel Shior of fair distribution of the items donated.

Tyoor Mbayenge Council Ward, Zaki Saatyo Awua also appreciated the Governor’s kind gesture.